• Stars in our Schools

  • APSE Service Awards 2019

  • Schools Support and Development Programme 2019/20

  • Summer Reading Challenge

  • Value of Vaccines

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Training and Events

10 Sep
Primary PE Network Meeting
11 Sep
Staff Wellbeing Cafe @ Roman Road
It’s About More than the Fluffies! Making significant staff wellbeing ‘happen’ or having to ‘do’ staff wellbeing is something that many schools are struggling with at the moment. People are trying lots of things, often worthy and successful. However they often struggle to be enduring or sustainable. Staff Wellbeing Teams are making an immediate and consistent difference to school staff engagement and wellbeing, according to research. Results are indicating that involving staff in their own wellbeing through a Staff Wellbeing Team (SWT) has a significant impact on: • discretionary effort • wellbeing ownership • distributed leadership • reflective practice • trust creation • culture shift Join us to find out more!
12 Sep
Mathematics Subject Leader Network
The aims of the network meetings are to provide: • Updates on developments in the primary mathematics curriculum and information about useful teaching, learning and assessment resources • Opportunities to discuss relevant subject leadership issues with colleagues from other schools • Details of educationGateshead’s professional development programme
16 Sep
Including Children Everywhere -with Kerry Payne -EY SEND Partnership Meeting
The 0-25 SEND Code of Practice very clearly states that the effectiveness of SEN support is based on the strong foundations of high-quality universal teaching. There is also an emphasis that we must ALL play a role in improving the educational experiences of children with SEND. However, this can be challenging in an early years workforce for a number of reasons. We will introduce you to the core principles of the code of practice in a fun, interactive and thought-provoking way. Providing practical and realistic ideas for high-quality inclusion.
18 Sep
Critical Thinking for Achievement in Geography and Science Programme - Cohort 2
Day 1 • The meaning of critical thinking • Why critical thinking is valuable • How to embed critical thinking in your practice • The ‘Plan-Do-Review’ structure • Becoming better at thinking • Making better sense of information • Designing a project Gap Task To be completed in school over 8-10 weeks, in an area identified following day one of the programme, (either in your own class, across a key stage or whole school) leading to School Improvement and better outcomes for pupils in Science and/or Geography. Day 2 • Becoming a more open thinker • Reviewing of School Improvement project • Structuring thinking in the curriculum • Deciding next steps
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Stars in our Schools
15 Aug
Over the next few weeks the Stars in our Schools website stars in our schools website will be packed with resources for schools and staff – there is always a ‘Nominate a star competition’ where people can win shopping vouchers, there is a great presence on social media in the run up to the day Unison in schools on twitter and facebook and also £250 available for schools who might also want to put on a ‘learning event’ as part of their celebration As a branch we also visit as many schools as we can with goodies for our members. To arrange a visit please contact Kimberly Convery at the address below: Kimberly Convery Convenor – Learning and Schools Gateshead Local Government Branch UNISON Basement Gateshead Civic Centre Regent Street Gateshead NE8 1HH Tel: 01914334444
APSE Service Awards 2019
30 Jul
Gateshead Council is delighted to announce that two of our services have been shortlisted as finalists at this year’s APSE Service Awards. These awards recognise the very best in local government frontline services across the UK. Speaking about the awards APSE Chief Executive Paul O’Brien said “Local councils do great work but too often they are the unsung heroes of public services. These awards are about celebrating the hard work and achievements of frontline services, and the local government workforce delivering them. These services and local initiatives make a real difference to local places and local people. Congratulations to all the finalists”. The winners will be announced at APSE Annual Charity Awards Dinner, in aid of Parkinson’s UK on Thursday 12th September 2019 which is being held in Newcastle. The Gateshead finalists this year are: Best Service Team: Catering Service – Gateshead School Catering Best Service Team: Facilities Management & Building Cleaning Service – Building Cleaning Service We wish both services the best of luck and will let you know if they are successful winners in September.
Schools Support and Development Programme 2019/20
18 Jul
LOOK OUT FOR: The New 2019-20 Schools Support and Development Programme booklet which will be in schools in July! An electronic copy is attached to this news article or you can find it on the educationGateshead service page Courses are available to book…. NOW! Our newest NQT LA Induction Training Programme is now available to book for 2019-20; visit the training section to find out more...
Summer Reading Challenge
18 Jul
The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it's free to take part! The Summer Reading Challenge starts on Saturday 13 July and runs until September. The Summer Reading Challenge website helps you keep track of your reading all year round: find new books to read, take part in competitions and mini challenges, and play games. Please click here for the website
Value of Vaccines
12 Jul
Value of vaccines Communications campaign briefing Background England is a world leader in childhood vaccination, with one of the most comprehensive programmes in the world. Our data show that, although coverage remains high, children’s vaccine uptake has been slowly decreasing since 2012-13, meaning that children have missed out and may remain vulnerable to serious or even fatal infections. Recently, there has been increased political and media focus on this decline, with the media speculating that anti-vaccine groups and messaging may be having an impact on the programme. The more media and others talk about this issue and the more airtime anti-vaccine groups are given, the more the focus on this as the cause of the decline is seen to be true. Evidence from PHE’s attitudinal surveys suggests that parental confidence in the national immunisation programme is at an all-time high. There is currently no evidence that anti-vaccine activity has had a major impact on vaccine coverage in England. The main reasons for the decline in coverage are therefore thought to be related to delivery by local primary care providers and accessibility. While parents may be exposed to anti-vaccine content on social media, PHE research shows that they are far more likely to trust the NHS and their healthcare professional than what they see on social media. The main sources of information regarding immunisation used by parents are leaflets (60%) and the Red Book (50%). Three times as many parents cite use of leaflets than online sources (20%). Only 4% of parents decline one of the many vaccines offered to their children. Please download the attachment to read the article in full.